After the fog had cleared away the day was very mild and warm, with occasional glimpse of the sun.
Another good turn out of volunteers for the start of 2017.
A rare, but very welcome member was Duncan, who gave his excellent knowledge to George, Rod and Davy and “sorted” the slight problem with the Fowler oil pump, Thanks Duncan.
Unfortunately Jim was not abled to attend until later, and when he did his digger didn’t want to play !
Baz, Andy, Bill and Craig spent the morning working on the concrete sleepers we are laying on our running line, but without the digger it was a no go!
There is also some query to the sleeper spacing to address.
1 The sump was removed to check the oil pickup pipe was ok, and it was.
2 The engine was spun over to make sure the oil pump was being driven via the cam shaft, all in order.
3 It was decided to overfull the sump with oil to ensure the oil pump itself was submerged and after several spins on the engine at long last oil appeared in all the places we hoped it would. We even got an 8psi pressure reading on the oil pressure gauge in the cab.
4 The cleaning process for the air brake pistons was started.
5 The injectors were fitted and torqued down.
6 Next week we hope to fit rocker covers, tube up the injectors and fit the exhaust.
Another good day.
(Words and pictures from Baz Shell – posted by DMS, to be edited)